To be exact, the researchers looked for instances of exfoliation glaucoma (EG) or exfoliation glaucoma suspect (EGS), but I suspect the medical terminology could make our eyes glaze over so let's just call it glaucoma.
The researchers followed 78,977 women and 41,202 men over age 40 who had undergone eye examinations between 1980 and 2008. The study concluded the participants who drank at least three cups of caffeinated coffee every day had "an increased risk" of getting EG/EGS compared to the non coffee drinkers -- i.e., the person we all know who says proudly, "Oh, I don't drink the stuff, never have." How do you get through the rest of your day, because everyone this girl of coffee-slamming Finnish extraction knows will be talking to the hand until I've had at least one cup of the Brown Gold.
Of course, family history could also play a significant role. If your parents had glaucoma, it stands to reason that your own risk could be higher. So, we'll just have to wait and see, no pun intended. In the meantime, why is it so damn hard to find a bag of good, light roast coffee beans? If you find one, please let me know.